This abstract is provided by IPR based on the original journal article in the International Journal of Lifelong Education

Judith Walker, Ph.D., and Pierre Walter, Ph.D., examined how news media functioned to “educate” the public about the Standing Rock pipeline protests in North Dakota, USA.

A content analysis was conducted on online media coverage by the New York Times and Fox News of the Standing Rock protests from April 2016 to March 2017. 164 New York Times articles and 96 Fox News articles were analyzed.

Findings showed that both Fox News and the New York Times were able to effectively frame the protest as a fundamentally human story focused on indigenous people, celebrities, and US war veterans. The coverage also addressed broad-based public concerns about global climate change, water pollution, and land rights. These findings support the position of mainstream media as a public educator which shapes social movement learning.

Read the full article here to learn how news media functioned to “educate” the public about the Standing Rock pipeline protests.

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